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Workshop came just in time for an earlier than expected death

Following on from our last post, the options for coffins is also on the rise with this story from South Australia by Ben Nielsen noting that: Eco-friendly coffins on the rise as Australians look to reduce their environmental footprint, (ABC News, … Continue reading

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Embracing the whole in life and the ecology in the economy

The whole is greater than the sums of its parts, an old truth that’s been constantly overlooked ever since reductionist science got hold of our thinking.  The result has been ever more specialisation and fragmentation of our thinking which has … Continue reading

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More options for after death care provides more choice

Alternative ways of doing after death care have been around for a few years now, but there seems to be a little more interest lately, as indicated in this story by Wiriya Sati and Adriane Reardon: Eco-burials, home funeral options … Continue reading

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When I go, tell them I died

Not one for beating about the bush Fran Taffel gave her daughter Jacqui clear instructions to call her death for what it would be: she had died.  Not passed away, not resting in peace, not joining the choir invisible, plain … Continue reading

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A timely book for children with parents – for everyone really

Just when you think that the death and dying subject has been done to death, along comes a book that is very timely considering the imposed separation that is the experience of many families with elderly frail loved ones shuttered … Continue reading

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Buyer beware in a changing marketplace

When dying and death were normal, that is when it was accepted that death was to be expected if we became seriously ill or very frail as a result of aging, there was no talk of pre-booking a funeral.  The … Continue reading

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A long hard look at what it’s like when we’re getting on – getting older

At a time when we’re getting on, that is, getting older, are we also getting wiser about aged care?  According to this report we’re not. What needs to happen to change the direction we’re currently heading in?  It’s a rather … Continue reading

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A return to the past for funerals of the future

As traditions lose their grip on many people within our society and as children move away from the ways of doing business practised by their parents, there are also changes in the way we do funerals.  The future looks very … Continue reading

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The hardest speech of all is the eulogy

What makes a great speech great?  Is it the content, the delivery, a combination of the two?   Great art, so they say, is in the eye of the beholder.  Whatever the equivalent for speeches, the circumstances of the listener, might … Continue reading

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Death on a large scale and how to get our heads around it

What prompts us to think about what we normally don’t think about.  Well if the COVID-19 pandemic has done anything it has certainly made us sit up and take notice about death on a scale we haven’t seen for many … Continue reading

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